Its the south island east coast salmon fisher here.
I spoke to you and said I was keen to trailer my boat to Tutukaka , Northland, NZ.
Well after 24hrs of driving we made it to Toots. I was there for just under a month but only had 9 or so days on the water due to big seas and terrible weather. I followed exactly what you told me to in your chat session and in your videos. For the 9 days we had 2 hook ups and caught and released 2 striped marlin. For a rank beginner I was stoked. many thanks.
Please make sure Peter reads this. Took my witch doctor and the rest of the lures I purchased from you and ran them as recommended. I was very critical about their exact position. My wife and I along with my captain fished no more than 30 miles from La Paz, BCS. We fished very hard and steady and in 8 days had recorded these results which can be verified by photos. We raised 20+ stripe marlin. Coming into the spread in 1-4 at a time with several double hookups. We eventually were able to catch and release 17. More importantly in an area that has not been friendly over the past 5 years. In addition we raised about 12-15 blue marlin. We hooked and brought to the boat 8. Smallest estimated weight of 125 lbs and the largest was a measured weight of 441 lbs., which was tail wrapped and died prior to betting it in. All others were successfully releases with no injuries to them or us. Most were in about 250 lbs with two others being big at an estimated of over 350 and the other slightly larger at possibly 400. We ran all of the lures, colors and position as you recommended. We did include the Mexican Patrolero out of respect for my captain who was in the state of shock when after 3 days it did not get a hit. It was being run in the shotgun position and even I was surprised. My wife didn't care...she was reading her book and only responded when summoned to clear lines and the witchdoctor. We also won a small tournament that included 8 pangas and had a blast. Never have we done this good. I just wanted to let you know that the lures worked flawlessly and out performed everything else. I have no less than 100 lures on the boat and only used 7. I will be ordering the shredder today if for no other reason than I don't have one. This is not a fishing story and if you would like some photos of the lumo sprocket on the big blue send me your email address. People were actually following us around and I even have photos of that. Thanks so much. Take care. 3MJ
Whoever receives this please forward it to Peter.
I have been fishing the Sea of Cortez between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas for the past 15-20 years. I currently own a 58 Donzi sports fisher. I don’t claim to be an expert like yourself but have caught my share of marlin. I have good fishing equipment, wear good sun glasses and cheap clothing.
For the past 6 years I have taken my two youngest grandsons fishing to Mexico. Just grandpa and two grandsons…no one else allowed. It’s obviously a highlight I love, as do they. Now that they are 12 and 13 years old they are able to help with the fishing.
I have never written to anyone regarding their product either pro or con. I am sending you this letter in hopes it puts a smile on your face knowing that you contributed to a grandpa and two grandkids having a very successful annual fishing trip using your lures and suggestions.
My boat is loaded down with the standard fishing equipment i.e. rods, reels, fishing line, lures, teasers, dredges, and other must have necessary equipment. (My wife of 45 years just doesn’t understand…but has given up)
I’m not sure how, but one day while using the internet I came across a film of you explaining the “Witch Doctor”. (I am a huge fan of teasers). I also liked the way you made up your hooks. Simple, yet very practical. Not sure I fully understand the 60 degree offset of the hooks but I’ll figure it out. I of course ordered the Witch Doctor directly from you rather than a copycat version, along with a host of other much needed equipment. My wife had to help me as I have never placed an on line order in my life.
About a week or so later your stuff arrived and I packed it up and headed south to my boat with both grandsons. Hurricane Blanca was passing through and so the ports were closed and we kept busy with preparation until they opened on Tuesday.
Overall fishing was slow so we headed south. On June 11, while fishing near the south end of Island Cerralvo, with the Witch Doctor and other lures of yours, along with two proven teasers and the infamous Mexican Petrolero lure that is probably number one in our collection. My Captain and I witnessed two stripe Marlin come into the pattern and come between the witch Doctor and the rear of the boat. They circled the Witch Doctor as if trying to figure it out! Reminded me of curious porpoise. It was obvious to anyone and everyone that they were checking out the Witch Doctor!!! One of the marlin eventually hit on your famous green lumo sprokett. My Mexican Captain was in complete shock and his feelings were hurt as the marlin had bypassed his Mexican Petrolero. On June 12 this exact same thing happened once again! The marlin did not appear to be attacking the Witch Doctor but only curious…..again they passed up the infamous Mexican Petrolero for the green lumo sprokett. ( side note…not the same two marlin). Obviously the witch doctor drew them into the pattern. Fortunately for them we are a catch and release gang.
In all my years, I have never seen marlin so curious about anything. Thank you.
Since I have purchased the Witch Doctor and other stuff from you I have noticed similar products being sold elsewhere. Before passing away my Dad told me the best form of flattery is to be copied. However, It does become upsetting at times to see others make a profit from something you have developed and sincerely believe in. Some people will buy the copied version and maybe it is good. I don’t know and I don’t care…I’ll pay the extra to support the right people.
Just thought I would let you know.
Pakula lure wow and wow again. Love using these skirt. The take the reel spinning. The fight wow
Hey mate I'm Michael Lassen from the SCGFC and I joined half way through the season and I have a pakula addiction. There the only skirts I run in my spread. The quality and results are incredible. My total for this season finished on total from when i joined last season: blacks: 21 sails: 6 Dolly's: 12 spainards: 11 yellow fin : 8 wahoo; 4 and 90% of that was on your skirts. The boys are teaching me a bit of live baiting these days and I'm really keen to keep improving my fishing. But just letting you know how great your skirts are and really impressed with your product. I got first billfish for the club this season and I'm going to enter my first tournament in October. If around you should come up.
Adam Voss - Fiji
Bula to the Pakula team. I think you have done a great job with the new web site. I have just made another on line order and it is a much improved experience. Again well done and keep up the great tackle and service.
Kevin Harrison - Texas
I'm new to fishing the Gulf of Mexico, been a bay fisherman. A friend of mine asked a friend of his, who has won tournaments all over the world, what kind of lures I should use. He said the only lure I need is the Lumo Sprocket head. Sure enough the first time I went out, I muddled around trying to figure out what I was doing and they worked great. Thanks again, Kevin
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02: Interpreting the System
Between The Lines - Ch 01: Profiles
It is fair enough that we know how the currents interact with the coastline and structure. But let us look at why all this matters.
Although indeed there is no real scientific basis for the following it does seem to be a reasonable explanation that will nonetheless get you to the right place, and hopefully be there at the right time.
The accepted way of finding fish is with electronics, generally including GPS, sounder and temperature gauge. The GPS tells you where you’ve been, where you are and where you are going. The sounder tells you what was under the boat as most of the screen is historical, only the information on the start of where the scolling image begins is current. The temperature gauge tells you the current temperature.
The way it works is the GPS gives you information that allows you to return to where fish are likely to be because you have come in contact with fish in that location before, or because research of charts or SST maps or simply getting the marks from a contact. The speed log on the GPS will also tell you if there is any current and how fast it is going.
The sounder further enhances your fish finding ability by showing bottom structure and bait schools. By learning how to use your sounder properly it may also show individual predators and thermoclines.
The temperature gauge is possibly the most important of the tools used as it indicates more than any other where the fish are likely to be as it indicates where the waters of the different zones and currents are mixing.
All these electronic aids certainly help us find fish, but by no means are they the most important. If you consider that nearly all electronics are based on historical information, i.e. a sounder tells you what has been or is under the boat, a GPs tells you past, current and future positions, a temperature gauge tells you the temperatures you have been through. Pete, at this point you say they are not important but in the previous paragraph you said the temp gauge is the most important.
None of these tell you where you should be, they only tell you where you have been. There are many such as local reports, SST images, what happened and where yesterday etc.
Unfortunately, the reality is that the oceans are in continual flux, every part of your adventure is in new water and it is what is going on where you are when you are there, not even what happened in the immediate past. What is most important to analyse is what is going on right now. The most important skills to do this with are your own senses, primarily your eyes. As you become more experienced, other senses such as smell and feel come into play. You’ll be able to smell sweet oily smells of baitfish oil slicks that tell of recent action upwind. You’ll be able to feel what the current is doing by the way your boat reacts on turns and in certain directions.
For now we’ll concentrate on training the eyes, as these are the most important in deciding where you should be and then using electronics to back up your findings and help in returning you to the spot.
But to get us in a general frame of mind we have to set up some sort of list of preferences as to what are the most important signs that we can expect to work with and where you would expect to find them. Indeed once you are able to find any of the signs the rest are generally in the same general area.
The fish we are seeking can be grouped as predators, but in reality just about every species in the oceans are predators, each feeding on other creatures. They all have one thing in common: that they will all try and make getting a good feed as easily as possible.
As the currents smash into each other they cause the nutrients to come to the surface where sunlight interacts to help algae grow quickly.Juvenile fish feed on the algae and in turn the chain of predication continues up the line to the larger predators we seek. Our best indication of these corridors is temperature change. The greater the temperature changes over the shortest distance the greater the concentration of life in this corridor.
The other aspect of this is those small bait fishes are unable to travel through temperature changes and associated salinity and oxygen levels easily. Larger predators take advantage of this “wall” to herd baitfish more easily than in the open ocean.
When these currents interact with the shoreline and other structures such as reef, canyons, ridges these factors intensify to narrow the corridors and intensify the temperature differences. Indeed this is such an effective place for a predator they often take up residence on structures and wait for the currents to bring food to them. Note that the predators here include many of the species we call baitfish.
Often these currents are part of oceanic eddies. The structure of an eddy is not uniform. The current is fastest along its leading edge and weakens towards the back and centre. The highest concentrations of phytoplankton, algae and therefore the animals that feed on them and the rest of the chain of life is also most concentrated along the leading edge of the eddy as illustrated to the right.Everything fits into the picture as the temperature within the eddy. The leading edge is also where the major temperature changes or breaks are found as shown. Note that the larger predators do have a higher tolerance of temperature changes so a wide area may have to be explored to locate them.
By use of charts and wind direction, SST’s, reports etc we can have some idea of where to go, for example a set of canyons or drop off or in reality anything that will disrupt the natural flow of currents, this includes tidal currents. But now it’s time to check the signs that indicate we are in the right area.
This is easy, basically any sign is a good one. Any sign of life, or any water disruption. Current lines are easy to see on calm days, they are the smoother water highways that wind through the ocean. Often there is different coloured water on either side. The edges may be marked with weed lines or other flotsam gathered by wind and current along these highways. Even in the open ocean, any sized flotsam is worth investigating. Hopefully there will be an associated temperature change. On rougher days the currents will cause areas to be rougher than others particularly on the edges of currents and over structure including very deep formations. One often missed sign is coastal freighters that will run with the fastest current where the best temperature breaks are to save fuel and increase speed.
Other signs are birds, either sitting, gliding, hovering expectantly, the higher the bird is circling the deeper the fish are or hopefully working on breaking fish. Bait may be flicking on the surface or showing on the sounder.
Any form of life is a sign of a present food chain, although, certainly a school of fish smashing the surface feeding on bait is one of the best signs. In reality a sign is anything at all that shows some difference in the water, i.e. wave motion, things floating, ripples, hovering birds, etc. Anything that differs from its surrounding are all signs worth noting. The ideal combination is structure with the current hitting it, preferably the front or edge of an eddy with some signs. The more signs you can get in one place at the same time the better your chances will be.